Harden leads Rockets past Nuggets with epic triple-double; Grizzlies top Spurs; Westbrook guides Thunder past Kings

Thunder (40-29) 110, Kings (27-42) 94

Russell Westbrook (28/8/10) fell two rebounds short of a triple-double, but the Thunder were able to get off to a 63-41 lead by halftime and remained in control all game. Steven Adams (16/13/3) and Doug McDermott (21/5/0) complemented Westbrook’s effort. Sacramento’s starters scored just 41 points combined and the Kings shot just 5-of-21 from three-point range in the loss.

Trail Blazers (31-37) 113, Hawks (37-32) 97

Damian Lillard (27/5/5) went 9-of-17 from the field while co-star C.J. McCollum (22/6/5) went 10-of-19 as the Blazers took care of business, shooting 50.6 percent on the game. They also took advantage of the absence of Paul Millsap, who sat out for the Hawks due to an injury, by out-rebounding Atlanta 54-to-35. The Hawks shot just 36.4 percent on the game and were not clicking on either end of the court.

Hornets (30-39) 98, Wizards (42-27) 93

A total of 58 free throws were attempted between the two teams in what was a very defensive-oriented battle. No player on either team reached the 20-point mark in the scoring column, while dueling point guards John Wall (19/3/8) and Kemba Walker (16/2/6) had awful shooting games, going 5-of-16 and 5-of-18 respectively.

Clippers (41-29) 108, Cavaliers (45-23) 78

Shortly before the game began, Cleveland announced that they’d be resting their “Big Three” of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the primetime matchup. While seven Cavaliers scored in double-figures in their absence, oddly enough no one scored more than 12 points. Meanwhile, Blake Griffin (23/8/4) led the charge for the Clippers while Chris Paul (5/4/7) shockingly went 0-of-8 shooting on the night for Los Angeles.

Bulls (33-37) 95, Jazz (43-27) 86

The Bulls, led by Jimmy Butler (23/4/7), outscored the Jazz 34-22 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. After being demoted out of the starting lineup, Bobby Portis (22/5/0) went 10-of-13 shooting off the bench for Chicago. George Hill (18/7/4) had a solid game for Utah and Rudy Gobert (13/13/2) swatted five blocks in the losing effort.

Grizzlies (40-30) 104, Spurs (52-16) 96

Despite efficient performances from both Kawhi Leonard (22/7/3) and LaMarcus Aldridge (21/9/4), the Spurs struggled offensively, as Jonathon Simmons (14/1/3) was the only other player to score in double-figures for them. The dynamic duo of Mike Conley (19/7/6) and Marc Gasol (16/5/7) led Memphis to a gritty victory. The two teams impressively shot a combined 48-for-53 from the free throw line.

Rockets (48-22) 109, Nuggets (33-36) 105

James Harden (40/10/10) was the best player on the court yet again as he delivered a triple-double. He shot 11-of-23 from the floor and 15-of-17 from the charity stripe in the dominating individual performance. Shockingly, the Rockets went just 5-of-24 from three-point range despite the victory. Mason Plumlee (9/9/3) was the only one of the eight players who took the court for the Nuggets that didn’t record double-digits in the scoring column in the loss.

Warriors (55-14) 117, Bucks (34-35) 92

All-Star starter Giannis Antetkounmpo (9/3/3) was surprisingly ineffective for the Bucks, going just 4-of-14 shooting in the blowout loss. Meanwhile, Splash Brothers Stephen Curry (28/4/4) and Klay Thompson (21/3/1) shot a combined 18-for-31 and combined for 49 points in the dominant victory. The Warriors outscored the Bucks 36-15 in the second quarter to make the game out of reach before halftime.

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